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The setting fun's effulgence, not a strain
What he beholds and loves, the general orb
ARK! heard ye not that piercing cry,
Which shook the waves and rent the sky !
; But, wrapp'd in night with terrors all his own, He speaks in thunder, when the deed is done.
Hear him, ye Senates! hear this truth sublime,
No radiant pearl, which crested Fortune wears,
Question. WHETHER Anger ought to he suppressed
entirely, or only to be confined within the bounds of moderation ?
THOSE who maintain that resentment is blameable only in the excess, support their opinion with such arguments as these.
Since Anger is natural and useful to man, entirely to banish it from our breast, would be an equally foolish and vain attempt : for as it is difficult, and next to impoffible, to oppose nature with success ; so it were imprudent, if we had it in our power, to cast away
with which she has furnished us for our defence. The best armour against injustice is a proper degree of spirit, to repel the wrongs that are done, or designed against us: but if we divest ourselves of all resentment, we shall perhaps prove too
irresolute and languid, both in resisting the attacks of injustice, and inflicting punishment upon those, who have commited it. We shall therefore fink into contempt, and by the tameness of our fpirit, shall invite the malicious to abuse and affront us. Nor wilt others fail to deny us the regard which is due from them, if once they think us incapable of resentment. To remain unmoved at grofs in. juries, has the appearance of stupidity, and will make us despicable and mean, in the eyes of many who are not to be influenced by any thing but their fears.
And as a moderate share of resentment is ufeful in its effects, fo it is innocent in itself, nay often commendable. The virtue of mildness is no less remote from infenfibility, on the one hand, than from fury on the other.
It implies, that we are angry only upon proper occasions, and in a due
degree ; that we are never transported beyond the bounds of 1 decency, or indulge a deep and lasting resentment ; that we
do not follow, but lead our páffion, governing it as our servant, not submitting ourselves to it as our master. Under these regulations it is certainly excusable, when moved only by private wrongs: and being excited by the injuries which others suffer, it bespeaks a generous mind, and deserves commendation. Shall a good man feel no indignation against injustice and barbarity ? not even when he is witness to shocking instances of them ? when he sees a friend bafely and cruelly treat ; when he observes
Th' oppreffor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
That patient merit of th' unworthy takes ;